NERDIES @ UAMS!

Here at NERDIES™ we couldn’t be more excited to team up with the University of Arkansas for Medical Services and take our programming to Little Rock. We are going to introduce your kids to some amazing, relevant, educational experiences and ignite a passion for learning that can lead to career opportunities in the near future. From July 29th - August 2nd we will be offering two simultaneous camps: Robotics I with MORE Technologies and 3D Modeling & Animation with David Kersey.

Below you will find information about each session as well as how to register.


3D ANIMATION


David Kersey brings his 15 years of animation experience from Hollywood to NERDIES™. David tells stories of his days working on films such as The Polar Express, Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph, and Frozen. Learn the basics of how 3D animated movies are made and use the same software that was use by the professionals to create these blockbuster hits!

 

Each Week-long Session Runs Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

  • July 29 - Aug 2 (LITTLE ROCK-UAMS Campus)

    • Age Range: 10-15

Session Description:

Do you want to know how Frozen was made?! If you answered “Yes!'“ then this is the session for you. We will dig into 3D animation and learn how to use the same software as industry professionals. David will help you make pre-made models come to life. Bring your imagination to reality!

Parent Description:

David will introduce campers to Maya, the 3D animation software used by expert animation professionals at Sony, Disney, and PIXAR. Students will learn about the movie making process; experiment with animation; and make it work on screen. Campers will bring home a video of their own creation to share with their friends and family. 

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FROM PREVIOUS NERDIES™ ANIMATORS!

 
 
 

 
 

ROBOTICS WITH
MORE TECHNOLOGIES

 
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CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FROM PREVIOUS ROBOTICS SESSIONS!

 
 

BUILD AND TAKE HOME YOUR OWN ROBOT!

with MORE Technologies


ROBOTICS LEVEL I

Session Dates and Locations:

Each Week-long Session Runs Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

  • July 29 - Aug 2 (LITTLE ROCK-UAMS Campus)

    • Age Range: 10-15


 

In this session, campers will assemble a robot from a kit that is provided for them. Everything they need will be in that kit: wheels, motors, dowel rods, circuits, wires, batteries, dowel rods, and 3D-printed parts. Think LEGO except much less expensive and much less painful to step on. Campers will build their robot on Day 1 and learn to program it to respond to different commands using software, USB connections, and Bluetooth technology. Your camper will learn about mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, programming, and mobile applications without even knowing it.

Here are some of the objectives we established for the camp.

Learning Objectives

  • What is Robotics and Engineering?

    • Why we need robotics, and why it’s going to be a big part of the future

    • What kinds of problems can we solve with robotics

  • What is problem solving, how do engineers do it

    • Breaking down a problem

    • Cost analysis

    • Creating a decision matrix

    • Iterating the design process

  • Basics of mechanical power transmission

    • Intro to DC motors

    • The difference between speed and torque

    • Gear ratio basics

    • When to use what kind of gear ratio

  • Programming in RobotC Basics

    • What are sensors

    • Why do we need sensors

    • What sensors are good for what tasks

    • How to use sensor in RobotC

    • Maze solving basics

 

HEAD MENTOR - CANON REEVES

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CANON REEVES

Canon Reeves has a passion for robotics and teaching. Over the past 5 years he has built nearly 30 robots, led 5 robotics teams, and co-founded a tech startup. As the co-captain of the University of Arkansas's robotics team, Canon is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of the Mechanical, Electrical, and Software systems on the team's robot. He serves as a mentor to the Sprindale Vex Robotics Team and has experience teaching week long robotics camps. You can learn more at www.canonreeves.com

$50

NERDIES™ Summer Sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm. 

A NON-REFUNDABLE payment is required to hold your spot for NERDIES™ Summer Sessions.  In the event your child is unable to attend the payment can be applied to future NERDIES™ offerings.

Minimum of 5 students required, maximum of 10 students total